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Ringgold, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ringgold ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Ringgold (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ringgold. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Ringgold is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

Below are the counties that are near Ringgold. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ringgold:

Cherokee     (The home county for Ringgold)
  Broomtown   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Taft   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Centre   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Abernathy - Historic   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jacksonville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fort Payne   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cordell - Historic   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pine Ridge   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Valley Head   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hammondville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mentone   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chavies   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Banner   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Section   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Flat Rock   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Higdon   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fackler   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
  Adairsville (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kingston (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Euharlee (GA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Country Village (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cassville (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Dade (GA)
  Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trenton (GA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shannon (GA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Gordon (GA)
  Plainville (GA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Calhoun (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hill City (GA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Damascus (GA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Resaca (GA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Town (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Aragon (GA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rockmart (GA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walker (GA)
  LaFayette (GA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Linwood (GA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kensington (GA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Ringgold, see our County-by-County Page for Ringgold.

Cemeteries Near Ringgold ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ringgold.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Ringgold covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyerly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ringgold ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ringgold.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ringgold, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ringgold.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Ringgold, with the one closest to Ringgold listed first.

Broomtown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ringgold
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Broomtown had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cedar Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ringgold
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cedar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ringgold
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 142 people in 2017)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ringgold
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Fullerton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ringgold
 - Fullerton had a post office and no railroad service
Starkville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Starkville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ringgold
 - Starkville had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ringgold
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon had a post office and no railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ringgold
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ringgold. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ringgold in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Ringgold:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Bartow County (GA):     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Dade County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's



Gordon County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Polk County (GA):     Cyndi's



Walker County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Cherokee County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ringgold ...

While our initial data about Ringgold came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ringgold in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Ringgold.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Ringgold:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ringgold. See our Misc Page for Ringgold for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ringgold. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ringgold) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ringgold. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3340, Longitude: -85.5477     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ringgold have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ringgold, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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